One evening while I was slicing a cold baked potato into a pan of hot oil to fry, there was a sudden loud “pop,” and in the same instant I felt a splatter of hot oil or a particle of potato fly into my right eye. The pain was intense and immediate, and my first thought was “Oh, what have I done to my eye!” At once, though, I checked my thought with a firm “No!”—a word I have used often through the years to contradict whatever untoward thing seemed to happen suddenly.
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